Reality TV News - February 2001
ABC.com has posted the application for The Mole II -- see the below SOURCE link for the application
Jemod was cool enough to send off a quick email listing some of the interesting info revealed in Mandy's appearance on the Howard Stern show this morning:
- Yes, the rumors are true, Mandy was an extra on the movie Road Trip. That's where she was "discovered" and asked to audition for Temptation Island.
- Mandy has turned down $1,500,000 to pose in Playboy. (funny, unless she's holding out for more $$$, Mandy isn't the type that we'd have expected to have a problem with posing in Playboy)
- Mandy turned down a record deal with Capitol because they wanted to turn her into another Britney Spears. (hey, what's wrong with Britney? ...so instead Mandy has apparently chosen to go with the Christina Aguilera-corn-row-braids-look instead)"
Fox television executives said on Tuesday the jury is still out on a possible sequel to the libido-fueled 'reality' hit 'Temptation Island.'
"Network brass said they will wait until viewership numbers are in from the seventh and final episode Wednesday before deciding whether to order a second block of the controversial series, which entices unmarried couples to break up their relationships."
"'We are considering a second Temptation Island seriously. We are waiting to see the numbers for Wednesday night, and a final decision will be made,' said Fox Entertainment President Gail Berman."
"Last week, the show's viewership suffered against competition from the Grammy Awards telecast on CBS, falling to its lowest ratings since its Jan. 10 premiere. But the show's fourth episode, two weeks earlier, drew a robust 18.2 million viewers, giving Fox its first overall ratings win for Wednesdays since August 1999. The segment also propelled Fox to its best Wednesday showing in more than six years among viewers aged 18 to 49, the demographic most prized by advertisers. Berman declined to say how well the show's finale had to perform in the ratings in order to win a renewal."
"But Sandy Grushow, chairman of the Fox Television Entertainment Group, a unit of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. Ltd., suggested Fox executives are rooting for the series."
"'It's a show that's going to make a substantial amount of money,' he said. 'Our affiliates absolutely loved the show, and they're waiting for Temptation 2,' he said."
Our take on the situation -- money talks and morals walk -- expect production on TI2 to begin within weeks.
For all you Mandy fans, Jemod was nice enough to pass along that apparently Mandy is scheduled to appear on the Howard Stern Show sometime this week (sorry, that's all the specifics we know). Yikes, Mandy and Howard -- now THERE IS A COUPLE!!! ...here's hoping the appearance makes the nightly E! television show, or maybe the weekly syndicated show
UPDATE 2/27: This morning Howard announced that Mandy will be on the Wednesday, 2/28 radio show. He also claimed to be "very anxious to meet her." Thanks again to Jemod for the update.
During the close of Shannon, Mandy (wearing 10 inch platform boots and a Tony-Braxton-at-the-Grammy's-like leather dress)and Kaya's joint appearance on Jay Leno's Tonight Show Thursday night, Mandy claimed that while viewers would have to tune in next week to learn whether she and Billy stayed together, she is now living in Atlanta while he has since moved to Los Angelos.
Personally, we're treating this comment as a red herring of sorts -- we've received FAR, FAR, too many reports of Mandy and Billy working together at the Longhorn steakhouse in East Marietta, GA or shopping together at the North Point Mall to believe he's moved to LA -- unless it's been in the past two weeks or so.
For now, we're sticking by our prediction that these two remain together.
Just a reminder to our users that, in an apparent attempt to boost their rating demographics as much as possible before the close of February rating sweeps, the last two episodes of The Mole will be airing Tuesday, February 27th and Wednesday, February 28th (yes, leading into Temptation Island's 9PM Wednesday, February 28th series finale)
E! Online featured a story this afternoon that contains more details about the plans for a second season of The Mole and some details that illustrate why, given it's demographic ratings and the looming fall Hollywood writers strike, bringing back The Mole was a no-brainer.
Variety reported today that the ABC network has picked up another round of "The Mole," the reality series in which a group of contestants are forced to figure out who among them is actually a subversive force planted by the producers. ABC has ordered 13 episodes, up from the show's first-season order of nine.
According to NBC promos that began running this evening, Mandy, Shannon, And Kaya will be appearing on Jay Leno's Tonight Show on Thursday, February 22, 2001.
The interesting note here is that during the course of verifying this appearance, we checked the official TVGuide.com listings for the show and they have it described as "MTV's Carson Daly, women from "Temptation Island." Music guest 3 Doors Down."
...either Kaya is now a woman, TV Guide got it wrong, or Valerie cancelled and Kaya is substituting for her. ...frankly, if she's as much "fun" in person as she has been on the show, then we should all be thankful we'll be seeing KAya instead :-)
Humm, you know, suddenly this whole lawsuit idea might not be looking so good to Stacey Stillman...
Following PETA's accusation that CBS was somehow guilty of violating Australia's Animal Protection Act with the slaughter of a pig for food on last night's episode of Survivor, CBS has released a statement respectfully denying the charges.
The statement read in part "We have the highest regard for PETA and The Humane Society and their cause. However, we firmly believe that our viewers recognize that hunting and fishing as a means of sustenance have been acceptable since the dawn of time."
CBS also firmly denies that any criminal act was committed, saying "PETA's suggestion that the producers violated Australian law by orchestrating the pig incident is completely inaccurate."
"People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) released a statement today that the organization is in touch with lawyers in Australia to see if the slaughter of the wild pig on 'Survivor: The Australian Outback' by Kucha tribe member Michael Skupin may have been a criminal act."
OK, for all the people who keep emailing us asking how to be on Survivor, this is for you. "Survivor III," rumored to be set in Africa, is slated to air this fall. Applicants must submit an application form and a three-minute videotape demonstrating why they believe they can prevail in the game. The completed application and video must be received by Midnight (12:00 a.m.) on April 13, 2001. After paring down the submissions, producers will interview at least 800 semifinalists in 16 U.S. cities. About four dozen people will be invited to attend final auditions in Los Angeles.
The original cast’s resident doctor bragged about his affair with TV newswoman Trish Bergin yesterday on Howard Stern’s radio show, prompting Bergin to tell him "to get lost," according to the New York Post.
Survivor: The Australian Outback" won the most viewers last week despite narrowly losing to "ER" in household ratings.
The new CBS "Survivor" series knocked NBC's hour of "Friends" and "Saturday Night Live" from atop the Thursday night ratings pole for the second straight week, scoring victories in total viewers and the key 18-to-49-year-old audience segment.
TV Guide is reporting that Taheed has landed an acting gig as a crack house dweller on the syndicated series, "Arrest & Trial". His episode, titled "Ruthless Ricky," airs Feb. 19. Meanwhile, the fifth episode of Temptation on Wednesday night attracted 17 million viewers, just behind timeslot competitor The West Wing (18.2 million viewers). However, among adults age 18-49, Fox's guilty pleasure trounced NBC's White House drama.
Just a note that yes, there will be no episode of Temptation Island airing next week -- FOX has scheduled a Barbra Streisand special (what the???) for Monday, February 14th to air instead of the highly-anticipated 6th episode of the series.
Even stranger than the decision to pull the powerhouse show from their lineup is FOX's decision to suddenly air this dusty, old performance NOW -- the performance is a filming of her 1999 New Year's Eve concert, taped in Las Vegas.
Fox has extended the six-episode run of "Temptation Island" by one additional episode to air on Feb. 28, the last night of the February sweeps period.
The series was originally scheduled to wrap on Feb. 21. The extra episode will feature a reunion of the residents and series highlights. The one-hour finale will reveal whether the featured couples will stay together.
Man, is this woman EVER going to fade away, talk about trying to make the most of your 15 minutes... and they wonder where folks get their opinions of lawyers from...
SurvivorNews.net reported on Monday that Kel appeared on the Howard Stern radio show today and during the interview he flat-out denied the New York Post story that we reported earlier regarding Kel "pulling a Kimmi" and pleasuring himself in the woods
This weekend a number of leading Internet Survivor websites, including our own SurvivorBlows, received emails purporting to have access to an AVI movie of the authentic Survivor show opening that contained a secret single-frame glance of the so-called "Final 7." As has been reported elsewhere, this movie is clearly an obvious hoax (though a pretty good edited one at that.) A copy of the frame from the movie that was sent to us is displayed on the right, created through the splicing of images from Kucha's Episode I Tribal Council and Okakor's Episode II Tribal Council.
Well, we've been receiving a number of reports over the past couple of weeks that Billy and Mandy are still together, so we figure we've probably received enough of them now that they are likely true and it's time to go public with them -- as of this moment, we're predicting, somehow, someway, Miss Crybaby and Mr. Toughguy will remain together. Excerpts from a couple of the emails we've received are below:
"Well these two are still hanging out together. We just had dinner at Longhorn in East Marietta, GA and they are both waiting tables there and seem pretty happy."
"I live in Atlanta and last Saturday night went to a club called the Velvet Room. I saw Billy and Mandy there, and they were clearly still together. I don't have any proof or anything, but they weren't being very discreet about anything so I'd say this is already public knowledge.
Humm... it seems like Kimmi might not have been the only survivor worried about "having their needs satisfied" while stranded in the Outback for 42 days. The New York Post is reporting the following, although being the Post's 'Page Six' column, you can't help but be skeptical as to whether it's true:
SurvivorNews.net recently reported that a reliable source close to the production of Survivor has confirmed that the final tribal council votes are stored in a "lockbox," and apparently there was even somebody in charge of locking it.
They quote their source as saying: "The camera recording the votes was left running and no one watched the voting occur. Supposedly the box won't be opened and the video won't be watched until production of the final episode begins."
Round one of the Great Television War goes to 'Survivor II.'
"ABC's 'The Mole' showed signs of life in its fourth episode Tuesday, delivering its best ratings since its premiere while continuing to bring younger viewers to the network."